PORTLANDturned on a near-perfect day on Saturday as the community celebrated the sumptuous marine diversity created every year by the Bonney Upwelling. Attracting many hundreds of local people and visitors alike, this year’s Upwelling Festival was presented by the Rotary Club of Portland Bay. The inspiration for the festival, an upwelling of nutrients that attracts an astonishing variety of marine life to local shores, was not forgotten. A 20-metre inflatable whale — officially named ‘Bonnie’ at the suggestion of three-year-old Cooper Winter Cousins, of Lara — graced the foreshore not far from a floating installation of colourful shapes and forms called Phloating Phyto. Shop window art depicted maritime themes and, throughout the afternoon, experts on whales, lobsters and marine ecosystems shared their knowledge with adults and schoolchildren alike in a series of free lectures. After the morning parade, the foreshore became the centre of activity as hundreds of people strolled among dozens of stalls selling everything from adornments to fine wines to lunch. Read more in Monday’s Portland Observer.